Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Interview Show

Humor columnist and FOBB&B Mark Bazer hosts a monthly variety show at The Hideout in Chicago in which he interviews celebrities and stages performances by comedians, musicians and artists. Think of it as a funny version of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

It's called The Interview Show.  You should check it out not because Mark is a great guy with a cool wife, two neat kids and a consistently funny newspaper column, although he is, but because he's a perceptive, prepared, intelligent interviewer who handpicks an eclectic lineup of guests every month and showcases them in an appealing, laid-back format. Plus the show is hilarious.

Mark's January guests will include 1985 Bears Super Bowl champion Steve "Mongo" McMichael, Chicago Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residence Anna Clyne and magician Tomas Medina.

Until then, here's Mark interviewing Jake Nickell, co-founder of the hugely popular artist collective and T-shirt company Threadless:

The Interview Show takes place on the first Friday evening of every month at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. in Chicago. Admission? A mere $5. More information at

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